Monday, September 29, 2008

Cebu by weekend

On the weekends, there's and eclectic mix of outings in and around Cebu. There's always karaoke, then there are the resorts, the islands, the live music venues - new music and cover bands. There's the church of Santo Niño, "Tops" overlooking the city, and casinos with very odd beauty pageants. BUT, on the way to seeing the CPDRC inmates there were kids singing verbatim the lyrics to T-Pain's "Apple Bottom Jeans" song. Here Katie Moon caught me in action photographing those children.

Here are a few shots in and around Cebu:

Karaoke at it's worst/best, depending on your perspective.

The view atop "Tops"

Near the twin lakes National Park, Negros Oriental

Stay tuned for a blog on the CPDRC inmates!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bring Us the Bright

Snarky Puppy releases their new record tonight called "Bring Us the Bright" - featured them with a few of my shots on their homepage. They just won a Dallas Observer music award for best jazz act. Go on tour with Snarky and get your socks rocked off! article below, or just go to the site:

This is who their ensemble members have cumulatively played and performed with:

Miles Davis
Roy Hargrove
Snoop Dogg
Erykah Badu
RH Factor
Chaka Khan
Victor Wooten
Herbie Hancock's Headhunters
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Chris Tarry Group
Mingo Fishtrap
Eric Lindell Band
Oso Closo
On the One
John D'earth
Kenosha Kid
Ari Hoenig & Punk Bop
Zach Brock & the Coffee Achievers

Today kicks off their international tour, which runs from today until mid-November.

Snarky Puppy Plays Music That I Sometimes or Most of the Time Enjoy.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fashion TV and me

I'm shooting a few segments for Fashion TV here in Cebu. This is my first.
For the would-be model naysayers, I tell you it IS hard looking this good!
Seriously, the rocks they posed on were sharp and we had about 50+ onlookers, plus nearly halted traffic.

Partners in crime:
James Farrel & Viktoria Hedberg - models
photographed & edited (video) by Michal Garcia
video shot by Jewel Jalandoni
model direction by Stefanie Techmer, aka "Steluna"
assisted by Bryan Whitfield
James did most of the photo editing, thanks!

Here are three of the shots, in higher resolution:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

thin line, one mo' time!

The Thin Line Film Fest opens in one week! This is Texas' only documentary (and documentary-inspired) film festival, now in its second year. I was the festival photographer for its inaugural year, and it's a shame I'm out of the country this time. But hey, there's always next year!
A few of my photos are featured in the promo video - Enjoy!

The Thin Line Film Fest will run September 24-28, 2008. For more information on how to attend or how to get involved with this unique event please visit

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Run away from me

*Gezellig best characterized Sarah Renfro's voice when they said it "sounds like an angel dripping with sin." From her abandoned east Texas roots all the way to her new home of Brooklyn, it's been a shift filled with honest, emotional music. Sarah, in her latest work approaches her voice and Rhodes piano from a new direction. Gone (but not forgotten) are the angry protests and in are the more subtle explorations of self-awareness, whether it be the Arvo Pärt-like vocalizations in "City in your Nightmare" or her "Little White House" in the backyard. Sarah's new music trades extra decibels for lyrics that strike harder. Much harder.

Sarah's been in on a number of collaborations with numerous accolades. Discover them through her site. For now, check out the Gutterth Compilation which features a number of Dallas/Fort Worth musicians and Sarah's track Judgement By Default.
**Click to listen, or right click to save
Written & sung by Sarah Renfro
Guitar, Bob Lanzetti
Recorded by Eddie Martin

Take a look at these photos as you browse through her music:
Photos shot in New York, New York

Just a hop & a skip away from NYU, the Blue Note, and Gay Street

These last few were shot late on a memorable, muggy and deserted Brooklyn night in late July '08.

*Gezellig is an awesome Dallas club
**Digital download avalaible with permission from artist

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rick goes Big

I was recently featured on a blog called Rickgoesbig by Ricky Gonzalez. Speaking of Ricks, Rick Robinson is the Emmy -award winning director of photography on the shoot I talk about in the video. He's worked with Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and my fav: Freddy Krueger! There's a lot of talent running around here at Bigfoot Entertainment and even a few other award winners as Les Wolf and Greg Curda, plus the models, talent, and body-doubles for the movies they're making. Fun!

Director of photography Rick Robinson as talent on this shoot, Todie below:

Rick smiles for the camera, and an exterior shot of the studios:

Friday, September 5, 2008


Today, I've been in the Philippines for 1 month! woot! Funnily, I just received a 2-page editorial I've been waiting for to post. Looks like it takes moving to another country to keep up on my last country's publications. These are from Vietnamese magazines as photographed for Contraband and Things of Substance at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ha Noi. Photoshopping and graphic design (on ads) by Bethany Bauman. Model: Kristen Allerton. Above editorial is from Tư vấn Tiêu & Dùng Magazine. Thanks so much to Trang for sending these all the way from sunny Ha Noi, Viet Nam!

This ad and editorial are from The Word Magazine, Saigon

The last editorial is from Sức Mạnh Công Nghệ Magazine.

You can watch a video and read other posts about this shoot here and here.

Monday, September 1, 2008

minor setback

In case you were wondering, Imacs don't travel well to Asia. If I had to choose a scape goat, I'd pick Cathay Pacific. Their Hanoi office did nothing useful for me during my time there. Good thing I have an apple care protection plan...or do I? uh-oh. Thankfully, no data was lost and you'll be catching a few photos from New York as well as Renfrizzle and a few new press photos for Snarky's CD release at the end of this month as they kick off their tour. I'll also be updating you on happenings at the adventurous and pioneering Bigfoot Entertainment.

And in case I didn't mention it, Imacs don't travel well to Asia.